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Poster: Crazy Otto Date: Nov 25, 2009 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dead Encounters

So here I am, bored at work again. Just wondered if anybody had any cool stories about any interesting encounters they had with any member of the Dead.

Mine is limited to meeting Phil at his book signing at UCLA. It was a brief but nice chat. And of course being a Deadhead and bass player, being able to talk music with Phil was a very happy moment for me.

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Poster: Hal R Date: Nov 25, 2009 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

I had a chance to talk to Robert Hunter for a short time between sets of a solo show he did in Iowa City back in the early 80's. And we shook hands, so I shook the hand that wrote the words!! That is if he is right handed. If he is left handed there goes my cosmic Dead poetic connection fantasy.

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Poster: Crazy Otto Date: Nov 25, 2009 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

I seem to remember in the Box Of Rain book, Hunter mentioned typing Terrapin Station, so he probably wrote a lot of lyrics that way. Seeing as how that usually takes both hands, I think your fantasy is safe and intact.

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Nov 25, 2009 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

Had a chance to get some backstage passes for the last Dead tour in LA, hung out on the stage and behind for awhile, although the sound was very muddy. My wife and I chatted up a few of the boys, got a great look at Phil's neon bass which is very cool.

Highlight was spending about 20-30 minutes with Mickey in his dressing room one-on-one after the concert talking about radio astronomy. Really smart guy and sincerely interested in mathematics and astronomy. I have some connections with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and have access to a couple of radio telescopes so we had traded emails prior to the concert. Am trying to get him a little more hooked up with the space community to pursue his interests. Great guy and really enjoyed him.

As a kid (14 and 15), I'd hang out in the Haight on weekends (I lived down the coast and we'd hitch a train into the city) and occasionally someone would point out Jerry, Bob or Phil...usually Jerry as he more up front, but way too shy to make contact. If they were in town for a concert we'd try to score tickets. The good old days!

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Poster: Bob Wow Date: Nov 25, 2009 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

I have a few from dancing bears, chasing down a few of the boys in a parking garage, to belly bucking, eating tomatoes, and dwarf pickin' with jerry.

http://www.amptone.com/g171.htm

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 25, 2009 12:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

I can get sneak this one in - Mrs. Mando is at the grocery getting the last few items for tomorrow.

I met Jerry once.........

I was stationed in upstsate New York at the Navy's Nuclear Prototype Training Unit in West Milton near Saratoga as an instructor.

It was June 28th, 1988 at the Old Bryan Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY on Maple Avenue just off of Route 50. Mrs. Mando and I had gone in for a bowl of their killer french onion soup. We were sitting there and in walks Jerry and sits down just a few tables away. I ordered him a beer and when the waiter brought it to him he looked at me, raised the glass and in that unforgettable high, silvery elfin voice said "Hey, thanks man. You comin' to the show?"

I said something along the lines of "You're quite welcome and yes, I'll be there."

He responded "Alright, see you there, thanks again man."

That was it....

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Poster: ducats Date: Nov 25, 2009 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

great onion soup

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Nov 25, 2009 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

A Friend from childhood is the drummer is the drummer in a band called ekoostik hookah, and every year they throw a twice yearly bash called Hookahville, always a great time with a number of really good artist as well as a good share of up and commers as well.
In 2000 was the ultimate with David Grisman, Arlo guthrie and Ratdog.
The whole festival we were wondering if Hookah would be given the chance to preform w/ Ratdog.
Ratdog gave a very good set although nothing could prepare me for what was to come. After EH set it was quite the suprise to see Bob take the stage w/ the band and start in to Throwin Stones. What a thrill for all us and especially for Eric who said that it was a thrill of a lifetime. Here is the vid from youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_aT7zsOAfk
Although I never had the chance to thank Bob for the music he's provided through the years, just to know that he had enough respect for our hometown band to bust out THAT song meant the world.

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Poster: patourkid Date: Nov 25, 2009 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

Holy shit man SOOOOO wild that you would bring up that show in this thread!!!! I had through a VERY strange series of events ended up at the Akron airport the night before that show without a place to stay so I decided I would just hang around the airport till the next morning when I was supposed to be picked up by some friends who were on the way from Pa. well long story short I was reading an Appalachian trail guide trying to look as inconspicuous as possible when out of the corner of my eye I catch a glimpse of someone who looked JUST LIKE Wasserman.....OH SHIT!!! That IS Wasserman!!!! right behind him walked a VERY drunk Bob Weir so I made a beeline over to them and ask Mr. Bob to sign my trail guide which he did....only he signed it ...." to Josh, Buffalo Bobby Weir" so I'm like WTF???? Buffalo Bobby????? I noticed Bob was holding a book in his hand but paid it no mind UNTIL a lady came over the intercom and said...." would the passenger on flight &*&^% who ACCIDENTALLY picked up the Buffalo Bill book please turn it in to the check in desk" WHAAAAT!?!?!?!? Bobby in his drunken state had stolen another passengers book and must have been flipping through it right before I ask him to sign my book ...so I got a Buffalo Bobby Autograph!!!!!! went onto the show the next day and saw the first ever Ashes and Glass as a soundcheck, only about ten heads in front of the stage when they playd it....man what a great weekend!!!!! That is the only time I met any of the band and I will NEVER forget the laugh I got when I realized why in the hell he signed off as Buffalo Bobby!!! PRICELESS!!!!!!

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Nov 25, 2009 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

That is the craziest story I think I've ever heard. I had all access VIP for that show, but I was so capured by this girl that Bob Weir be damned, Love happens and You know I think I musta got lost (somewhere down the line)
Again grate story Thanx

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Poster: Bob Wow Date: Nov 25, 2009 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

Wasn't Craven jammin' his jawbone with Grisman on that tour ? I remember seeing them around 1999 in Santa Cruz.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Nov 25, 2009 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

Truly Amazing , I had forgotten about that. Even better was Dawg reminding the rather rowdy crowd that they would better enjoy the experience if they would only close there mouths and open their ears. They did and I was sittin there the entire time thinking about how much we all miss Jerry.
One post script is the memory of Arlo giving us a beautiful Alice's Restaurant.

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Poster: Bob Wow Date: Nov 25, 2009 11:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

It didn't seem that rowdy from where we were sitting, but Santa Cruz Streets were different fursure. Great night w/ 3 sets. I was with my at the time "Ball and Chain" till I got tried of putting my tail between my legs.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Nov 25, 2009 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

I found my soulmate at that show, altough we had met the previous H'ville we were only casual friends. Having 17 years difference in age (and she only being barely 18) I considered her forbidden fruit. What possibly could a young beautiful hippy girl like that see in an old head w/ a ton of baggage like me?
Maybe it was the Strawberry Mescaline or the Chocolate Mushroom cordials but magic happens I guess and 9 yrs and 2 beautiful children later I'm still speechless when I think about that wonderful weekend in Central Ohio when my prayers were anwsered.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Nov 25, 2009 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

I believe I've mentioned a few in the past. In the early days, the band was just a group of scruffy musicians and were quite accessible. When I first saw them in 1967, they hung out on the sidewalk between sets just like everyone else. I didn't engage them in conversation as I was only 15.

Later--early 1969--I had a backstage encounter with Garcia. It lasted around 40 seconds.
I'm sure I wrote about almost beaning Pig with a softball. I was friends with a number of Fillmore East crew and often went to Saturday softball games between bands (usually crew) and the Fillmore staff. Someone asked if I could pitch. Some other fool convinced Pig to take some swings. It must been hilarious to watch--me trying to find the plate and Pig trying to hit the ball.

My last close encounter was in Cincinatti, 10-30-71. I was high as a kite and someone put a sign on my back that said, "Press." The crew thought the whole thing hilarious and let me wander in the wings.

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Poster: jessandra Date: Nov 25, 2009 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

Ah, hanging out on the sidewalk ...

I was born too late to have experienced that but as a Cipollina, Gravenites & Melton fan I remember dozens of weekends at the Saloon where we all poured onto the street during the breaks - (there was absolutely no air left in the Saloon)- and Nick Gravenites would always join us sitting on the steps around the corner and enjoy some 'fresh air' with us :-)

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Poster: jessandra Date: Nov 25, 2009 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

I was an usher at the Warfield for several years and ended up helping serve food and drinks at a few shows. I had 2 VIP tables and Jerry & John Kahn were sitting at one of them. I was so nervous when I took their 1st order and almost tipped my tray when I delivered their drinks. Jerry just laughed and told me to relax and that he didn't bite. During the pause I asked him a couple of questions which he pleasantly answered and if he could give me an autograph at the end of the show. We had alway been told not to harrass the VIPS or ask for autographs when working so I hoped to collect it at when the show was over.

Well, when the show ended I was busy clearing tables and noticed that Jerry and John's table had been vacated. Oh well, that's life ... but then, I turned around and there he was - standing right in front of me with a huge smile and a piece of paper in his hand. Needless to say, I got the autograph but it was his SMILE that I will never forget!

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Nov 25, 2009 11:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

He does have a contagious smile.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 25, 2009 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

Good story thanks for Sharing.

My only encounter was when they were on stage and I was in the Audience!

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Poster: jessandra Date: Nov 25, 2009 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Encounters

That would be a good topic in itself!